One NXT star is in hot water with the WWE.
It’s well known by now that Lio Rush received a lot of backlash from WWE Superstars after his tweet about Emma being released by WWE this past Sunday.
Keep in mind that just two months ago WWE signed the top prospect that has made a name for himself on the independent scene. It was an expected signing, to say the least. He has already started training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida and is featured on the NXT brand.
He wrestled for Ring of Honor in April and had spent his time wrestling on the independent scene since then. He also finished up his commitments with CZW, EVOLVE, and MCW Pro Wrestling earlier this month.
Rush started with MCW in Maryland in 2014. WWE has signed a ton of former Ring of Honor stars as of late including Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, and Bobby Fish, who have all made their WWE television debuts.
The 160-pounder quickly became a fan favorite on the independent scene for his daredevil creativity and resilience, as well as his “Dragon’s Call” finisher, which is a devastating frog splash that recalls D’Lo Brown’s split-leg variation.
In joining the WWE, Rush reunites with a former tag team partner, current NXT Superstar The Velveteen Dream, with whom Rush co-held the Maryland Championship Wrestling Tag Team Titles in 2015.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the tweet Rush sent out got him some major heat backstage. The heat almost got him fired from the sports entertainment company.
Meltzer noted that Rush is going to have to put in a lot of work to get the heat off of him. This was evident from some of the tweets from current WWE stars in response to Rush. It was mentioned that Rush would have likely been released from WWE if it wasn’t for the apology coming soon after the tweet.
According to a report from PWInsider, NXT management had a talk with Rush about the controversial tweet. Rush was at the Performance Center in Orlando this week taking classes as per usual.
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